How hot should my I7-950 run

Intel Core i7-950 quad-core processor
December 5, 2010 at 20:01:18
Specs: Windows 7 Pro, I7 950/12GB DDR3 1600
Hi guys,
I haven't found a strait answer on this. I have a v8 cooler and used the included thermal paste. When my comp is gaming it runs around 45-50 c on all cores. When rendering video (After video editing, all 4 cores at 100%) allt he cores are between 55 and 60c I was a bit concerned about the 60c It never goes above 60 no mater how hard I work it. I have an asus board with dual gfx470 right under the cpu cranking out some serious heat. Its in an antec 1200 case so there is great air flow. I'm thinking there could be some transfer ishues because the cooler does not feel hot..only slightly warm. Can anyone throw in their 2 cents? Changing the cpu fan from idel to max only changes temp by 2 or 3 degrees. Ambient temp is about 21 degrees c. Nothing is overclocked.

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#1
December 5, 2010 at 20:27:26
Your temperatures are well within the safe zone and are not high considering the load you were running if you were running the stock cooler, but with the aftermarket cooler, I would have expected at least slightly lower numbers. You will see these numbers lower slightly as the thermal compound sets in and the heat/cool cycles allows better thermal transfer. BUT you should make sure you have applied the thermal paste correctly (too much, too little, or attempting to spread it is not optimal) Look at this site:
http://www.arcticsilver.com/instruc...
If you want to try again, purchase a premium compound and clean off the old with rubbing alcohol.

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#2
December 5, 2010 at 20:48:29
thanks for the info...i applied the paste the way u did on the old p4's or core 2 duos...after reading some more i'm not supposed to do it that way..i might try re seating it...in the mean time am i in any danger of damaging my cpu or shortening its life? I'll probably reseat it next week-end, but is it ok to use the comp or should i use my laptop for the next week. this is my first i7 build...i should have read how to apply the paste b4 doing it. o well

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#3
December 5, 2010 at 20:55:25
Min/Max operating temp 5-67.9c

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#4
December 5, 2010 at 20:56:16
Check your temps in Speedfan and if ALL of you cores remain in the reasonable range, you should be safe. Just check periodically if you are using it heavily, especially for a day or two.
Added: I have seen higher numbers noted as 'acceptable' to overclockers, but those numbers above are safer to go by.

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#5
December 5, 2010 at 20:58:04
The only way you will wreck your CPU is if you remove it from it's socket. Reseating is unnecessary.

If it were getting too hot the thermal shutdown would turn off your computer before any damage could occur.

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#6
December 5, 2010 at 21:11:45
I do not think either on us were discussing removing the CPU, just resetting the heat sink, but careful removing of the CPU if it is necessary to clean it off should be safe enough.
I think for long term durability and if he decides to eventually overclock, the lower the base temperatures (heat sink performing optimally) the better. I think that the risk of damage for someone who knows his way around a computer will be minimal and the benefits outweigh them.

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#7
December 6, 2010 at 04:09:23
i'd agree with u fingers...this is my first i7, but i'v been builing systems for yers...i'm sure i can remove and reseet the cpu if necessary w/o damage.

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